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ERIC Number: ED178103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Online Training for Searching Online.
Caruso, Elaine
This paper focuses on the casual user's needs and problems in learning to search online retrieval systems. Such users are inclined to infrequent use, and are unlikely to have much interest or knowledge about the complexities of the system. The TRAINER program is designed to teach these users to search online, so that they may access information files without the aid of an intermediary. Three user problems are earmarked: (1) inability to perceive characteristics of different data files, (2) decisions regulating structure and coordination of document file indexes, and (3) search language attributes. To develop the TRAINER program, the online search process and decision-making complexity were analyzed from the user's perspective. Two kinds of programs comprise the TRAINER system: computer assisted learning modules, and practice modules (system emulators). Users seem to prefer exercises prepared for use with the system emulators for refinement of search skills. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Online Information Meeting (2nd, London, December 5-7, 1978); For related documents, see IR 007 891-892